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Nursing Home Gifts that Mom Will Appreciate

Updated on September 4, 2013

Gifts for Your Mom or Someone Else's Mom in a Nursing Home

My Mother passed away in 1999 and she was in a nursing home. I do miss my mother dearly.

In honor of her, I would like to dedicate this website to her. She was a very loving but very simple Mother. Not simple in mind, but simple in that she would always rather do things for others instead of herself. She was a giving person, to say the least.

My Mother loved appreciated the little things in life. As you get older, expensive items or gadgets do not mean much to you. The little creature comforts that you enjoyed most of your life is what you gravitate back towards. This website is about the little things that I remember about my Mother and what she loved. In her last Mother's Day, I can remember sending her these little creature comforts.

If you are unsure what to buy your mother or anyone in a nursing home, always consider the simple stuff. Many of the nursing homes do not provide all of these items and these will make someone very happy.

Merry Christmas to all of the Moms out there, especially those in the sunset of their lives!

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My Mother, Yvonne M. Villars - Shortly before her death at a Nursing Home in 1999

My Mother at the Nursing Home
My Mother at the Nursing Home

Gripper Bootie Socks

Medline Blue Adult Soft Knit Gripper Slippers - 3 Pair - 1 Size Fits Most
Medline Blue Adult Soft Knit Gripper Slippers - 3 Pair - 1 Size Fits Most

My Mother loved these booties. These are one of the things that most elderly enjoy. They keep their feet warm and also have grips on the bottom so they don't slip when they walk. This is a good deal for a set of these.


A Very Funny Nursing Home Talent Show Video - This is great!

Where Did the Term "Creature Comforts" Originate?

It is believed that the term "Creature Comforts" originated in 1610-1630 . Some say that the original origin of creature was from 1 Timothy IV 4 which says that "For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving."

The word "created" in translation also refers to "creature" and "thing created." The word "create" has origins in "creatus" which is defined as "anything that ministers to man's comforts."

Based on all this, the meaning of the term "Creature comforts" is traced back to the 1630's and was a humorous view of man's use of whiskey but the use of has continued to this day.

"Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone."

Jim Fiebig

Bags of Sugar Free Hard Candy - Organic is even better!

GoOrganic Organic Hard Candies, Assorted Flavors,  30 Ounce Bag
GoOrganic Organic Hard Candies, Assorted Flavors, 30 Ounce Bag

My Mother enjoyed hard candy so much that we always brought it with us when visiting. She liked the different flavors and especially loved lemon and butterscotch. One of her other favorites was black licorice, she used to call the little black ones with crosses on them "JuJu's."


Your Experience With Nursing Homes

Nursing home sign
Nursing home sign

Have you ever had a relative in a nursing home?

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"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."

Mark Twain

Isotoner Slipppers

Isotoner Women's  Microterry PillowStep Satin Cuff Clog Slippers , Black,7 1/2 - 8
Isotoner Women's Microterry PillowStep Satin Cuff Clog Slippers , Black,7 1/2 - 8

Slippers are necessary. My Mother loved Isotoner and these look very similar to what she used to wear. They were slip-resistant and very soft and comfy. Seeing my Mother in bare feet almost never occurred.


Living With Dementia: I'm Still Here - I went through this with my Mother as well as my Grandparents

"'Age is how we determine how valuable you are.'"

Jane Elliot

Sugary Snacks In Nursing Homes

Some people think that giving sugary snacks to residents in nursing homes should not be allowed while others think that they should get them. What do you think?

Do you think sugary snacks for residents of nursing homes should be given?

This Ad Says It All

A Fluffy & Soft Dearfoams Robe

Dearfoams Women's Cloud Fleece Sherpa Print Bathrobe, Blue, Small
Dearfoams Women's Cloud Fleece Sherpa Print Bathrobe, Blue, Small

Robes are always a must. My Mother was always cold and she always wore a robe. She liked the long ones better but this is a very comfy one made by Dearfoam. I have been in other nursing homes, the temperatue can be cold and uncomfortable to residents sometimes, making a nice soft robe a necessary item.


"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength."

Betty Friedan

Lotion for Mom's Skin and Nails

Vaseline Intensive Care Hand Lotion, Healthy Hands Stronger Nails 3 oz
Vaseline Intensive Care Hand Lotion, Healthy Hands Stronger Nails 3 oz

My Mother always had dry skin and requested lotion. A type of lotion that is also good for the nails is a plus. This one comes from Amazon in a three pack so you can hold a couple back and replenish when you run out.


What Do You Plan to Give Your Mother this Christmas?

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @LaraineRoses: That is funny! I am glad she still has her faculties. My mother, having dementia, didn't last too long afterwards. Thank you for the visit and please tell your "Mum" hello for me!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Every day is mother's day! I bring her flowers. She said one day, "Everyone is going to think I'm the queen." Mum has still got her Irish sense of humor.

      .â¢:*¨¨*:â¢. Angel Blessings .â¢:*¨¨*:â¢.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for a very wonderful thoughtful look into mom's and the triumphs (and not so triumphant moments) of old age.

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      sstock93 lm 5 years ago

      I appreciate this lens as Mother's day is only 2 days away. I am looking forward to spending the day with her. I think I will frame pictures of my kids and give them to her for a gift.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Mom passed away in 2005, but she's always with me in spirit.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just had to post this sweetness on FB...just had to!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      "Never let your heart grow old", perfectly said. Thank you for sharing "I'm Still Here"..."soon there will be silence" took my heart, I seem to be approaching this experience and my heart is breaking. You may want to check out a video clip on Memory Bridge of Gladys Wilson & Naomi Feil, it's a I'm still here moment for sure. This is so practical and filled with loving little things that mean so much!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Money. So she can get whatever she wants. And this will make her much happier than any thing.

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      Lots of sugary snacks!

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      hotbrain 5 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Undecided... but you have some excellent ideas!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      The greatest gift to give someone in a nursing home is your time, and a trip out of it if you can. They also like to see well- behaved pets as well.